Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps continues
May 27, 2014
By Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps has been instructing high school students in military training since 2002.
NJROTC provides incoming freshman with the opportunity to take it as an alternative to physical education, offering benefits of military training with “absolutely no military obligation,” according to the school’s NJROTC website. After the closing of the program at Issaquah High School, Liberty became the only school in the district offering NJROTC, but that has led to only one student transferring to Liberty to join the program.
Cmdr. William Joslin, who had been on active duty for 12 years, leads NJROTC. After retiring from duty, Joslin began working for CORE engineering, investigating aviation losses and mishaps. Although his career was rewarding, he enjoyed teaching young people. He teaches NJROTC at Liberty and has taught the NJROTC program for 11 years.
Joslin said Liberty’s NJROTC has achieved great things recently: “We qualified for the Navy Unit Achievement Award. Our rifle team came in third place in Albuquerque at the Navy National Championships, and our annual military inspection was the best ever.”
Despite the closing of Issaquah High’s chapter, the future of Liberty’s NJROTC looks bright — next year there will be more than 120 cadets signed up for the program. The new cadet orientation and rifle camp will be held the week before school starts in August; the annual awards ceremony was scheduled to be held in the Liberty Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. May 27.